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This is a psychological explanation of how the brain can be calmed down through mindfulness and meditation. A rather large portion of people have been through some form of trauma in their lives. These experiences change how the brain functions. So instead of being able to problem solve at work or in parenting, these individuals respond as if their lives are at stake and make many memory errors. A large body of research has indicated that such dysfunction can be reversed over time through meditation. Meditation calms down the limbic system so that whether at work or home meditators think with less emotional interference.

This webinar will look at how the thalamus, hypothalamus, hippocampus and amygdala function for survival. Insecure and traumatic early experiences result in limbic systems that are overactive. We often think of them being “over-emotional.” The frontal area of the brain is designed to calm down the limbic system. This results in a brain that is out of balance. What i often noticed is that they are impulsive. The potential for committing criminal behavior is higher than normal. When they don’t commit crimes, they are often seen as not fitting into society due to impulsive aggressive, sexual and antisocial behavior.
Beside the normal functioning of the limbic system, neurotransmitters also are less available. If the chemicals between neurons needed for proper transmission of information in the human brain are not balanced, we also see emotional disorders. Part of that may be biological but part is due to secure attachment or a history of trauma.

Although religious teachers proposed the calming effect of meditation, there was little scientific study of how this came about. One of the first real efforts to do so was the work of the biologist, Jon Kabat-Zinn. More recently this has been verified through the research of Sauna Shapiro and Linda Nelson. In a nutshell what they found out was that meditators has less fear of emotions, less worry, less rumination. greater emotional clarity, and non-judgmental acceptance of experience. These are all goals of therapy that we have not found a better way to accomplish.

In summary meditation and mindfulness helps up to live in the present moment rather than in the past experience of failure or in the future fears of failure and not surviving.

Why you should Attend

This webinar will look at how the brain develops anxiety and fear and how meditation can repair the dysfunction. The limbic system of the human brain is an alerting system that helps us quickly avoid danger in order to stay alive.

Past trauma and experiences can be associated with this system. Anxiety and fear can be triggered when, if fact, there is no danger. Meditation has been proven by a large body of research to calm down the limbic system. Religious groups (Buddhist and Christians) often proposed meditation to be at peace. Modern-day psychology has verified this phenomenon.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • Role of the thalamus in survival
  • Memory and hippocampus
  • How anxieties are developed
  • Neurobiology of meditation
  • Practice staying in the present
  • Attention to your breathing
  • Focus on words or any sensory stimulation

Who Will Benefit

  • Educators
  • Therapists
  • Patients with dysfunctional anxieties

Speaker Profile

Dr. Beischel has provided psychological services for the past 40 years in State Penitentiaries, Psychiatric Hospitals, or private practice. He has also served as a Full Time Professor of Psychology in a number of Universities either part-time or full time.

He has also published eight books on the topics of ADHD, Attachment, and Calming the Brain through mindfulness and meditation. Dr, Beischel has been practicing some form of meditation for the past 50 years and is highly skilled at living what he teaches.